Speaking

Hello and thank you for considering me to speak at your event. I've spoken to dozens of organizations and at numerous conferences. On this page, you will find my key background areas, my most requested topics, selected media appearances, and headshots and bios for use in speaking material.

If you need any more material or anything customized, please contact me directly. Thank you, and I look forward to your event!

My Most Requested Topics

  • Corporation Innovation: How to Build a Winning Strategy to Drive Innovation with Startups
  • Detroit's transformation from the Motor City to the Mobility City
  • 6 Indicators of Startup Success ...and the Secret to Make it Work
  • What Missing out on Investing in AirBnB Taught Me
  • The Diamond in the Midwest: Growing startup communities in the Midwest
  • It's not Verse but Plus: Detroit and San Francisco
  • Lessons Learned from Investing in 50 Startups Across Accelerator, Angel, and Venture Capital Stages
Speaking on the future of automotive mobility at the 2018 North American International Auto Show

Media Appearances and Conference Talks

I've spoke at nearly 50 events as a keynote speaker, panel moderator, and panelist. My work has been featured in a number of places online. Highlights include:

  • Forbes
  • TechCrunch
  • VentureBeat
  • AutoBlog
  • Detroit Free Press
  • ABC Detroit
  • Fox Detroit
  • CBS Detroit
  • SxSw
  • North American Internationl Auto Show
  • Bosch North American Leadership Summit
  • Elektrobit Innovation Day
Leading a panel discussion on the main press stage at the 2018 North American International Auto Show
On CBS Detroit, Fox Detroit, and ABC Detroit talking about mobility startups, automotive, and Detroit

Key Background Areas

  • Early stage startup investor in 50+ startups across the world
  • Startup investment experience in three different roles: startup accelerator, angel, and venture capitalist
  • Worked with dozens of corporations on corporation innovation with startups, including: Ford, Verizon, Magna, Dana, Honda, McDonald's, Siemens, Bosch, Michelin, Munich Re, AAA, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lived in San Francisco before moving to Detroit
  • Successful entreprenur and CTO of a startup acquired by A&E Television
  • Open source developer for 8 years, contributing over 1000+ code patches to the Drupal framework
  • Computer Engineering degree from Cornell Unversity

Headshot and Photos

Mini Bio

Ted Serbinski is a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist investing in founders around the world building the future of transportation.

Mini Bio Alternate

Ted Serbinski is a tech entrepreneur, early-stage startup investor, recovering open source software developer, and a dad of three on a mission to help people be great and build great things.

Short Bio

Ted Serbinski is a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist investing in founders around the world building the future of transportation. Ted is the Managing Director and founder of the Mobility program for Techstars, which is the the longest running mobility startup accelerator program in the world. He has invested in 33 startups in 30 months that have raised $45M valued at over $200M. Two have already been acquired. Ted also is the founding curator of the Startup Expo part of Automobil-D at the North American International Auto Show.

An entrepreneur and software developer at heart, Ted is happiest rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. Ted holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Cornell University. He lives in metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and 3 kids under the age of 3.

Extended Bio

Ted Serbinski is a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist investing in founders around the world building the future of transportation. Ted is the Managing Director and founder of the Mobility program for Techstars, which is the the longest running mobility startup accelerator program in the world. He has invested in 33 startups in 30 months that have raised $45M valued at over $200M. Two have already been acquired. Ted also is the founding curator of the Startup Expo part of Automobil-D at the North American International Auto Show.

In 2011, Ted relocated from San Francisco to Detroit as a founding partner at Detroit Venture Partners, a $55M venture capital fund that invested in 25 startups.

For Ted's work in catalyzing the Detroit startup scene, he has been recognized as a Champion of the New Economy by Junior Achievement. He also has been awarded the Crain's 40 Under 40, dBusiness 30 in their 30s, Oakland County Elite 40 under 40, and the Detroit Techweek 100.

Prior to moving to Detroit, Ted was the CTO and co-founder of the largest blog network for moms online that was acquired by Lifetime Television in 2008. Before that, Ted was one of the lead open source developers on the Drupal framework, committing over 1000 patches. He was an early pioneer building enterprise-grade Drupal websites for Fortune 500 clients, including Sony, MTV, and Lifetime Television. Today Drupal is one of the largest open source communities in the world powering 2.3% of all websites online.

Ted graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. Ted resides in Metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and 3 kids under the age of 3.